Showing stories from September 2011

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South Brisbane train station to close for renovation

Posted Tuesday, 13 September, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

ONE of the busiest stations in Brisbane's Citytrain network will close next month for major refurbishment work.
South Brisbane station - which is used by nearly 4000 people a day - will be out of action for as long as two months during the upgrade.

It is not clear when Queensland Rail or Translink were planning on making the closure public but a spokesman said alternative transport arrangements were being made.

The upgrade will include raising the platform so it is level with the carriages to make them wheelchair-accessible, and restoring the station to its former heritage glory.

Budget: Costings of North West Rail Link

Posted Wednesday, 14 September, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A MORE accurate costing of the North West Rail Link should be available by the end of the year.
Geotechnical drilling that began last week will allow engineers to determine the exact underground conditions for the 23-kilometre route.

Premier Barry O'Farrell, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Mike Baird, along with local MPs Dominic Perrottet, David Elliott and Matt Kean inspected drilling at the proposed Castle Hill station last week.

The inspection comes on the back of the state budget's provision for $2.5 billion to go to the project over the next four years.

Warning Puffing Billy at risk, Asher cool on cash help

Posted Wednesday, 14 September, 2011 by Apocalyptical in Victorian Rail News

THE operators of much-loved steam train Puffing Billy warn the tourist railway's survival is at risk unless it receives an urgent cash injection to fund work on its ageing infrastructure.

Tourism Minister Louise Asher last night refused to commit the Baillieu Government to funding what she described as a $25 million ''grand plan'' put forward by Puffing Billy management.

''It's a substantial ask for a whole upgrade of the area,'' Ms Asher said.

Billion dollar card

Posted Wednesday, 14 September, 2011 by urailes0623 in New South Wales Rail News

Sydney's universal transport card will be introduced from next year and will cost over $1 billion, NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian says.


Posted Wednesday, 14 September, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

A teenager has been taken to hospital with serious burns after she fell from a bridge above railway tracks in Bundaberg, in south east Queensland.

Authorities say the girl fell from the bridge about 3:00pm (AEST) and came in contact with electrical wires.

She suffered burns to her legs and stomach and was taken to hospital.

Train carriage catches fire at Sydney's Central Station

Posted Wednesday, 14 September, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

A TRAIN carriage at Sydney's Central Station caught fire in the early hours of this morning, with 12 RailCorp staff taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

Police believe the blaze started on a seat in the train, that had terminated at Central Station near the city centre.

In case of emergency ... gas attack to hit City Loop

Posted Wednesday, 14 September, 2011 by Speed in Victorian Rail News

SMALL amounts of a non-toxic gas will be pumped through Melbourne's underground railway stations next week, as part of preparations in case of a major emergency.

Premier Colin Barnett flies to China to save Oakajee

Posted Wednesday, 14 September, 2011 by bevans in Western Australian Rail News

WEST Australian Premier Colin Barnett doesn't expect to find an immediate solution for the embattled Oakajee port and rail project when he flies out to Beijing tonight.

But Mr Barnett is determined to "unscramble" the complex $6 billion project and save what is one of Australia's biggest planned infrastructure projects.

Mr Barnett will meet with Chinese government officials during the next two days to discuss ways to formally bring Chinese investors into the project, near Geraldton.

The project is already well behind schedule and over budget and last month joint venture partner Murchison Metals admitted it can't fund its share.

Crime on NSW rail system low: report

Posted Wednesday, 14 September, 2011 by bevans in New South Wales Rail News

Fewer people are getting robbed on NSW trains, but assaults and sex offences are on the rise, new statistics show.

Rail passengers are more likely to become crime victims in regional areas than suburban ones, but crime levels on the rail system overall are very low, says Don Weatherburn, from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

"It's far worse out on the street," he told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.

Asciano primed for expansion

Posted Thursday, 15 September, 2011 by freightgate in Rail News

Ports and rail operator Asciano says positive cash flow and a strong balance sheet mean it can now take advantage of emerging business opportunities after surviving four years of losses.

Asciano transformed from an extremely indebted, loss making company fighting for survival, to a company that was now in "pretty good shape", chief executive John Mullen said on Thursday.

Driver dead as truck crashes to rail line

Posted Thursday, 15 September, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

A truck driver has died after crashing his semi-trailer on to a railway line on the NSW mid-north coast.

The truck left the Pacific Highway at Rossglen about 1am (AEST) on Thursday before smashing through a railing and sliding down an embankment.

Rail boss urges RWC fans to catch buses

Posted Thursday, 15 September, 2011 by freightgate in New Zealand Rail News

The head of Auckland's trains is urging Rugby World Cup fans to take buses the next time a major crowd is expected at Eden Park.

Veolia head Graham Sibery said it is the only way to stop overloading the rail network again.

There was chaos on Auckland trains last weekend with thousands of fans stranded on trains and some ticket holders missing the opening ceremony, kick-off or, in some cases, the whole event.

Hunter rail crime highest in NSW

Posted Thursday, 15 September, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

The State Opposition says the Government must explain how it is planning to drive down crime on Hunter trains, while there are plans to cut security staff across the network.

The latest data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research shows that Newcastle's Waratah train station has the highest rate of personal crime, with Newcastle, Maitland and Hamilton stations also in the top 20.

The figures show that generally, recorded rates of personal crime are very low across New South Wales, with just under one incident for every 300,000 passenger journeys.

The Bureau's Doctor Don Weatherburn says Waratah station tops the the list for personal crime rates, with just over three incidents for every 100,000 journeys.

Abigroup has started work on a $42.5 million contract

Posted Thursday, 15 September, 2011 by freightgate in Western Australian Rail News

Abigroup has started work on a $42.5 million contract to duplicate an existing 34.5km section of rail embankment as part of the Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) Iron Ore Expansion project near Port Hedland in Pilbara region of Western Australia.

One Steel ore expansion (Eyre Peninsula Rail Upgrades)

Posted Thursday, 15 September, 2011 by mrjones in South Australian Rail News

It looks as though One Steel is going to buy into the Wilcherry mine near Kimba and build a line between Buckleboo and Iron Knob.

V/Line rail patronage continues to break records

Posted Thursday, 15 September, 2011 by Apocalyptical in Press Releases

V/Line has cemented its position as Australia’s busiest and fastest growing regional rail operator following a 7.1 per cent increase in passenger trips in 2010- 11, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder announced today.

The increase brings the number of passenger trips on V/Line trains to 13.5 million, up from 12.6 million the year before.

The result, contained in V/Line’s 2011-12 Annual Report tabled in State Parliament today, is the sixth consecutive year of record growth for V/Line trains.

Public transport chief says new laws erode his job

Posted Friday, 16 September, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

THE man in charge of safety on Victoria's public transport says that new laws passed this week are an attack on his independence.

Transport Safety Victoria was established as an independent watchdog in 2006, which could take action, without political interference, to prevent deaths and injuries on public transport.

This week the state government passed laws transferring some of the office's powers to Transport Minister Terry Mulder.

New authority to drive better transport for Victoria

Posted Friday, 16 September, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

Victoria is a step closer to a better coordinated and more integrated transport system, with legislation to enable the formation of a new Public Transport Development Authority (PTDA) introduced into Parliament today.

Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said with the legislative process now underway, the new authority would be up and running in the first quarter of 2012.

"The new authority will be the face of public transport and will be responsible for planning, coordinating and integrating transport services throughout Victoria," Mr Mulder said.

"It will focus on the core business of a good public transport system – trains, trams and buses that run on time, simple and reliable timetables, passenger comfort and timely and accurate passenger information.

Skyrocketing peak hour demand likely to remain for years

Posted Friday, 16 September, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

V/LINE commuters face an increasing squeeze, with the Geelong line almost at capacity during peak times and no real relief in sight until at least 2016.

The company's annual report released yesterday showed in the past five years patronage on the busiest Victorian line has increased 86 per cent to 3.77 million passengers a year while services have increased 23 per cent to 371 a week.

But with an extra 20,000 people expected to move to Geelong before the $5 billion Regional Rail Link (RRL) opens in 2016, stakeholders are calling for off-peak services every 20 minutes to ease congestion.

V/Line spokeswoman Clare Steele said because V/Line shared the Werribee to Southern Cross leg with Metro trains, only a few more peak services could be added before the line was full, which was why the dedicated Regional Rail Link line was so important.

Government canvasses car export/import shift to Geelong

Posted Friday, 16 September, 2011 by freightgate in Victorian Rail News

The State Government has announced that it is investigating the feasibility of moving Victoria’s vital car import and exports from Melbourne to the Port of Geelong. A shift would have many positives for the local Geelong economy, but a number of factors need to be considered during the feasibility period.

Ports Minister Denis Napthine says the feasibility study will be completed at the end of the year, and nominated easing of traffic congestion in Melbourne’s west, increased land availability at the Port of Melbourne and the creation of about 1000 jobs in Geelong as reasons why the move could be a successful one.

A range of bodies will be approached to have their say, including shipping companies, car importers and exporters, the relevant port authorities and local councils.

Significant' rail delays after derailment

Posted Friday, 16 September, 2011 by freightgate in New South Wales Rail News

There are "very significant" delays on the Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra train line this morning after a train derailment damaged tracks at Tempe, transport officials say.

A private freight train was between Hurstville and Tempe about 3.45am when it derailed and rerailed itself, a RailCorp spokesman said.

One of the train wagons was believed to have damaged the train. Point switches at Wolli Creek were also damaged, he said.

The trains were further delayed after a pregnant woman became seriously ill at Arncliffe train station.

Queensland rail bridge celebrates its 125th birthday

Posted Saturday, 17 September, 2011 by bevans in Queensland Rail News

One of Queensland’s unique pieces of rail infrastructure will celebrate its 125th anniversary this Saturday (17 September).

The heritage-listed Dickabram Bridge, which crosses the Mary River at Miva, north-west of Gympie, is the oldest combined road and rail crossing left in Queensland and also the oldest surviving complete steel truss bridge in the state.

The community is invited to join in the celebration marking the milestone, with free entertainment on offer at the bridge site including a band, poet’s breakfast, and the official anniversary ceremony.

Just the ticket for weekend commute

Posted Saturday, 17 September, 2011 by Speed in Victorian Rail News

STANDING on a train in Melbourne used to be something you did only on a weekday.

As the city grows though, it seems Melbourne's trains are now often crowded on weekends, too. But despite passengers showing up for trains in ever greater numbers, there have been only minor changes to weekend timetables in the last decade. And the City Loop's Flagstaff station still shuts down for the entire weekend.

State shirks airport rail challenge

Posted Sunday, 18 September, 2011 by bevans in Victorian Rail News

THERE is something perverse about giving priority to a rail link to Avalon Airport over Melbourne Airport. One offers a handful of domestic flights a day, carrying 1.5 million passengers a year. The other is an international gateway, with 200,000 flights a year carrying a fast-growing total of 28 million passengers. Avalon is 56 kilometres from central Melbourne but readily accessible by road. Melbourne airport is closer but the 22-kilometre trip - by car, bus or taxi - is an unpredictable nightmare. Yet the state government is moving first on Avalon. ''There are challenges around an airport link for Melbourne,'' said Aviation Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips.

Gheringhap Sightings w/e 17/9/2011

Posted Sunday, 18 September, 2011 by GheringhapLoop in Gunzelling Reports

There were 116 sightings for this week. This is the number of sightings as last week, making a total of 3987 sightings for this year to date. On day 260 last year we had recorded 3653 sightings. This is 334 sightings up on the same time last year.

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